Photo by Claudia Encinas

Photo by Claudia Encinas

Angel Azzarra, soprano

Born in the Deep South of the United States, Soprano Angel Azzarra began her musical studies in the Magnolia State, later earning her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music as their sole full scholarship voice student. Ms. Azzarra is now a sought-after chamber musician and interpreter of obscure works, recently performing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 featuring cellists Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott, as well as a chamber reworking of the Rachmaninoff piece, “Не пой, красавица,” at the Heifetz International Institute of Music. Her reputation as a sought- after Rachmaninoff interpreter continues to expand after her performances in Peru with  his Opus 38, as well as recent concerts featuring the Rachmaninoff Opus 21 and 34. She is also well known for her operatic work. While under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Pierre Vallet in Ibert’s Persée et Andromède, the performance was listed in the New York Times as “The Best Classical Music of 2016.” Other recent engagements include the rarely performed George Crumb’s Three Early Songs, and Sibelius’ Op. 70 Luonnotar at Miller Hall in New York City. She recently performed a New York premiere of Conrad Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons as Madame de Volanges. Opera credits include Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), as well as concert excerpts of Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Semiramide (Semiramide), and Violetta (La Traviata). She has performed with numerous young artist programs and opera houses across the world including the  Franz Schubert Institute, Natchez Festival of Music, Midwest Institute of Opera, Opera Festival di Roma, and International Performing Arts Institute of Munich. Ms. Azzarra was a national finalist in the Rose Palmei-Tenser competition, as well as a national finalist in the Classical Singer competition. Upcoming engagement include performances of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Le Baronne de Gondremarck (La Vie Parisienne), and Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire."  She currently resides between New York City and Washington D.C.